Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 10. Number 3 September 2019                                     Pp.318-329
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no3.22

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Authorship Attribution Revisited: The Problem of Flash Fiction
 A morphological-based Linguistic Stylometry Approach 

Abdulfattah Omar
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia
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Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Port Said University, Port Said, Egypt

Basheer Ibrahim Elghayesh
Department of English, Faculty of Languages and Translation,
Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
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Department of English, College of Science and Arts,
Sajer, Shaqraa University, Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Ali Mohamed Kassem
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

Abstract:
This study is concerned with addressing the limitations with the authorship attribution of flash or micro-fiction. The shortness of linguistic data in texts of the kind makes it challenging for conventional stylometric authorship methods to assign disputed texts to their real authors. As thus, this study proposes a new stylometric authorship system based on morphological patterns and letter mapping properties. The assumption is that these carry unique and distinctive stylistic features that can be usefully used to recognize possible authors of disputed texts. The study is based on a corpus of 259 flash fiction stories written in Arabic. Cluster analysis was for grouping documents that have shared linguistic features together. Results indicate that all texts were successfully matched with their real authors. It can be concluded that morphological information can be usefully used for improving the performance of authorship attribution and detection in Arabic texts due to the unique stylistic features of the affixation processes in Arabic. Controversial texts in Arabic can thus be assigned to their authors based on detecting stable morphological patterns with reliable authorship performance.
Keywords: authorship attribution, flash fiction, letter mapping, morphological patterns, stylometry

Cite as:  Omar, A., Elghayesh, B. I., & Kassem, M. A. M. (2019). Authorship Attribution Revisited: The Problem of Flash Fiction: A morphological-based Linguistic Stylometry Approach. Arab World English Journal10 (3) 318-329.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no3.22

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